Piaget is committed to preserving natural resources and minimising its environmental impact.
We measure the CO2 consumption of buildings with the intention of continuous improvement.
At headquarter level, following environmental audits, several improvements have been implemented regarding the buildings.
- Solar panels on the roof of the Manufacture permit the heating of water used in the toilets on the Geneva site.
- We use green electricity in our production facilities: 100% of the electricity used comes from a hydroelectric source.
- Energy-saving lighting (LED) has been implemented in offices and boutiques.
Piaget Headquarters’ 6600 m2 extension, currently under construction, meets the Minergie standard. The Minergie standard is a Swiss standard of construction that requires a rational use of energy and encourages implementation of renewable energy, while ensuring improved quality of life, reduced environmental impact and lower maintenance costs.
Piaget's travel policy to minimise CO2 emissions is based on a simple “Avoid & Minimise” approach:
Avoid: try to use alternative means such as teleconferencing, or regroup several trips during the year together, or ask a colleague already visiting a location to address more topics.
Minimise: plan trips efficiently such as by travelling to several cities in a round trip, use transportation with less CO2 impact, such as fast train or carpooling for shorter distances.
At headquarters, Piaget encourages sustainable mobility for commuters by contributing to finance public transportation subscriptions and promoting alternative ways of commuting such as car-sharing and electric or man-powered bikes.
Piaget’s waste management policy is “reduce, reuse, recycle” whenever possible. At production, administration and in the restaurant, waste such as glass, paper, plastic, organic, chemicals, batteries, lubricants and metals (precious or non-precious) is sorted and reused or eliminated through specialised providers.
Piaget has been recycling its obsolete communication materials every year since 2011. Over 80% is reused and recycled. The rest is incinerated and the heat used.
In order to preserve endangered species, Piaget strictly complies with CITES*. Piaget also carefully assesses the situation regarding treatment of animals, and takes measures accordingly; for example banning materials such as porosus, shagreen (ray and shark skin), python, lizard (from Asia) and coral.
*CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments, which aims to ensure that international trade in wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.
PACKAGING AND PAPER
We only use wood certified FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) for communication materials such as boxes and displays. Piaget shopping bags are made of at least 40% post-consumer waste. 100% of paper and cardboard is from recycled or certified sources. Plastic lamination has been removed. They are reusable and recyclable.
The paper used for all communication materials is sustainable - from recycled sources or FSC labelled - including catalogues, art books and operating instructions. The same applies for office paper. At headquarters we have been lowering the paper weight for several years. Our packaging can be separated into recyclable waste: please follow local policies.
Piaget's approach is to offset its CO2 impact worldwide by funding environmental projects. In 2017, the following projects benefited from our carbon reduction credits:
ASORPAR REFORESTATION PROJECT
A reforestation project planting 20+ different native tree species to renew the ecosystem harmed by illegal gold mining.
HEBEI YINGXIN GLASS, CHINA
A project aiding sustainable development in China's glass industry creating school scholarships and 24 new green jobs.
ISANGI FORESTRY PROJECT
Piaget contributes to this forestry project that supports local communities’ development and ecosystems.
For further information, please refer to richemont.com.